eNewsletter from St. Mark's Niagara-on-the-Lake
OCTOBER AT ST. MARK'S
Bringing the Harvest Home
Greetings!

As we move into autumn and the harvest Seasons of the Spirit, a number of special services and events are planned. We offer the Prayer of Great Thanksgiving every Sunday, and with choir and congregation, visitor and old towner, all are welcome to this faith community in the heart of Old Town. You are invited to join us, and find at St. Mark's a home for all.
Sunday Services this Month
October 6 Pentecost 17 8:30 am and 10:30 am with hospitality and sherry afterward for the first Sunday of the month
October 13 Harvest Thanksgiving with special decorations and music
October 20 Pentecost 19 10:30 am service only (no 8:30 am)
October 27 Pentecost 20 at 8:30 and 10:30 am
November 3 For All the Saints with Baptisms at 10:30 service
Sundays @ 4 Returns
October 6 at 4 pm for the Blessing of the Animals for St. Francis
With churches around the world we keep St. Francis' day with the blessing of the animals. Come at 4 pm and bring you favourite canine companion or pet for this fun and informal 'Blessing of the Animals'.
October 20 at 4 pm for Poetry Reading and Reflections
A published poet and editor of the Canadian Poetry Review, Moira MacDougall will be with us to present from her book of poems reflecting on experiences of living and dying with cancer.
November 3 at 4 pm Choral Evensong for All Saints
Under the talented direction of our Music Director Jim Bourne, come for this solemn and spiritually uplifting evening service. Mag and Nunc by Frank Shera.
St. Mark's 2020 Vision: The Five Priorities
For the past year as we have been surveying, discussing, workshopping and planning, five major priorities surfaced that are now set as the pathways for the parish moving forward. It is still a work in progress, especially since the Diocese in now undertaking a similar process which will be presented at the Diocesan Synod in November. However five lay leaders have stepped up and are working with all interested others in putting many of the plans into actions. PLEASE READ THIS 2020 VISION ONE-PAGE DOCUMENT THAT LAYS IT ALL OUT , and contact the office with any questions, comments or interests.
Launching REVIVE at St Mark's

REVIVE is an intentional journey with pathways for spiritual growth, designed by the Rev'd Dr. Dawn Davis, who was with us last year. Many parishes in the Diocese are experiencing this program, with many expressing transformational changes. In small group sessions it focuses on three main reflections:

1) your spiritual story, 2) your spiritual preferences, 3) your spiritual gifts for ministry and mission.

With Dawn's involvement we have booked four one-day 24 hour retreats at the Mt. Carmel Centre in Niagara Falls. Each retreat session goes from 4 pm on a Sunday to 4 pm on a Monday.The participant guide, upon which much of the reflections and discussion will be based, you can examine here.

The dates are October 27/28, November 24/2, February 2/3, and March 15/16. The cost each retreat time for the full one-day with a private room and three meals is $140 pp. For those who do not stay over it is $50 per session. If you are in financial need speak the Rector for ways to cover the costs.

Please call the Rector, or Roxanne in the office to register, or to ask any questions about this invaluable opportunity for all parishioners at St Mark's.
Bishop Susan Bell's Visit September 15
Two Amazing September Fundraising Events
Thanks to all involved and who participated

Art Show and Sale Team with Magdelana
David Curry Concert and Harvest Dinner
in support of the music ministry at St. Mark's
Farm-to-Table Harvest decorated by David Levesque and Eileen.
Four-course, locally-sourced dinner with wine pairings enjoyed by 22.
David Scott Curry, a world famous tenor and friend of St Mark's, with Jim on piano.
Thanks to parishioners Donna and Peter Danakas and daughter Chelsea for catering.
" The concert by David Scott Curry was absolutely wonderful! He is a remarkably talented performer in so many styles: opera, Broadway and, although he did't perform James Brown's "I Feel Good", he mentioned that he has done it! So that was the amazing concert. The Harvest Farm-to-Table Dinner was incredible! What was memorable: the elegant and intimate table setting, the rectory porch setting on a beautiful evening, the wine pairings, the interesting fellow diners, including David, his wife and his parents, and of course the FOOD! Where in the world, never mind Niagara-on-the-Lake, would you be able to find this type of event for such a reasonable cost?! I'm spreading the word :)
OTHER OCTOBER NEWS
Women's Breakfast Group: As part of Vision Priority #4 'Forming Small Groups', several women are inviting others to start a monthly Women's Breakfast Group, quite like then men's. The first one is scheduled for Tuesday October 29. More information in the weeks ahead.

Refugee Family: We are thrilled that a second Syrian refugee family has now received clearance to come as part of the Diocesan and Niagara Settlement Plans and settle with the first family in St Catharines. More information is coming but we plan to welcome them into Toronto on October 27.

Donating Winter Coats: For warm clothing collection please call Debra Meyer at (905) 327-5752 or deborahgmeyer@gmail.com.

Vote Federal Election October 21: As we prepare to hear out all the candidates and party leaders, Anglian and Lutheran Church leaders together have sent us these resources to reflect on the electoral choices before us. Take a read and make sure to vote on October 21.

The Dead Zone at The Rectory: If you haven't seen this scary movie with Christopher Walken, filmed in part at the Rectory in 1993, come along to the Rectory on Friday November 1 at 7pm to watch it together.
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